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OVID (PUBLIUS OVIDIUS NASO)
Roman poet
(43 BC - c. 17 AD)
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You will be melancholy, if you are solitary.
      - [Proverbs]

Thus does the white swan, as he lies on the wet grass, when the Fates summon him, sing at the fords of Maeander.
      - ep. VII, (Riley's translation) [Swans]

We are all bound thither; we are hastening to the same common goal. Black death calls all things under the sway of its laws.
  [Lat., Tendimus huc omnes; metam properamus ad unam. Omnia sub leges mors vocat atra suas.]
      - Ad Liviam (359) [Death]

He fills his lifetime with deeds, not with inactive years.
  [Lat., Actis aevum implet, non segnibus annis.]
      - Ad Liviam (449) [Deeds]

Ah me! how easy it is (how much all have experienced it) to indulge in brave words in another person's trouble.
  [Lat., Hei mihi, quam facile est (quamvis hic contigit omnes),
    Alterius lucta fortia verba loqui!]
      - Ad Liviam (9) [Words]

While I am speaking the hour flies.
  [Lat., Dum loquor hora fugit.]
      - Amorum (bk. I, 11, 15) [Time]

Let the crowd delight in things of no value; to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister full cups from the Castalian spring (the fountain of Parnassus).
  [Lat., Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo
    Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.]
      - Amorum (bk. I, 15, 35),
        motto on title page of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis"
        [Gods]

Thus I am not able to exist either with you or without you; and I seem not to know my own wishes.
  [Lat., Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum
    Et videor voti nescius esse mei.]
      - Amorum (bk. II, 10, 39) [Love]

Fool, what is sleep but the likeness of icy death? The fates shall give us a long period of rest.
  [Lat., Stulte, quid est somnus, gelidae nisi mortis imago?
    Longa quiescendi tempora fata dabunt.]
      - Amorum (bk. II, 10, 40) [Sleep]

Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment.
  [Lat., Di faciles, peccasse semel concedite tuto:
    Id satis est. Peonam culpa secunda ferat.]
      - Amorum (bk. II, 14, 43) [Sin]

The hunter follows things which flee from him; he leaves them when they are taken; and ever seeks for that which is beyond what he has found.
  [Lat., Venator sequitur fugientia; capta relinquit;
    Semper et inventis ulteriora petit.]
      - Amorum (bk. II, 9, 9) [Future]

I would that you were either less beautiful, or less corrupt. Such perfect beauty does not suit such imperfect morals.
  [Lat., Aut formosa fores minus, aut minus improba vellem.
    Non facit ad mores tam bona forma malos.]
      - Amorum (bk. III, 11, 41) [Beauty]

Here lies Tibullus; of all that he was there scarcely remains enough, to fill a small urn.
  [Lat., Jacet ecce Tibullus;
    Vix manet e toto parva quod urna capit.]
      - Amorum (bk. III, 9, 39) [Epitaphs]

Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase.
  [Lat., Gratia pro rebus merito debetur inemtis.]
      - Amorum (I, 10, 43) [Gratitude]

Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.
  [Lat., Pascitur in vivis livor; post fata quiescit.]
      - Amorum (I, 15, 39) [Envy]

That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne.
  [Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]
      - Amorum (I, 2, 10) [Cheerfulness]

The burden which is well borne becomes light.
  [Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]
      - Amorum (I, 2, 10) [Courage]

Anger assists hands however weak.
  [Lat., Quamlibet infirmas adjuvat ira manus.]
      - Amorum (I, 7, 66) [Anger]

Deadly poisons are concealed under sweet honey.
  [Lat., Impia sub dulci melle venena latent.]
      - Amorum (I, 8, 104) [Deceit]

Time steals on and escapes us, like the swift river that glides on with rapid stream.
  [Lat., Labitur occulte, fallitque volubilis aetas,
    Ut celer admissis labitur amnis aquis.]
      - Amorum (I, 8, 49) [Time]

Giving requires good sense.
  [Lat., Rest est ingeniosa dare.]
      - Amorum (I, 8, 62) [Gifts]

Every lover is a soldier. (Love is a warfare.)
  [Lat., Militat omnis amans.]
      - Amorum (I, 9, 1) [Love]

Let the man who does not wish to be idle, fall in love.
  [Lat., Qui non vult fieri desidiosus, amet.]
      - Amorum (I, 9, 46) [Love]

What is lawful is undesirable; what is unlawful is very attractive.
  [Lat., Quod licet est ingratum quod non licet acrius urit.]
      - Amorum (II, 19, 3) [Pleasure]

What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue.
  [Lat., Quod sequitur, fugio; quod fugit, usque sequor.]
      - Amorum (II, 19, 36) [Progress]


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